Monday, July 14, 2014

Málaga Adventures #3: Gibraltar


Have you ever heard of Gibraltar? It is a British overseas territory located in Spain! Did you know that? I certainly did not. You will find it in Andalusia (south of Spain) and when you cross borders (because you have to cross the borders, pass customs and have your passport ready) nothing immediately changes but you will hear English as the main language instead of Spanish.

What a strange thing! This is possible in Spain?! How can the UK own land in Spain? In (Western) Europe? It seems a bit out of this world. Maybe my amazement is just silly! I was really curious about what life would be like there, but it was really disappointing. I did not find the city very beautiful, except for the huge rock mountain which gives reason for the name of the city. You may remember from my history lesson in the previous post that the Moors conquered over the Iberian Peninsula for a couple of centuries, so when they had settled in Gibraltar the city was named "Jabal Ṭāriq" (: Mountain of Ṭāriq). This eventually changed into Gibraltar. 


The rock is truly beautiful in this city. Its beauty really stands out, which to me only emphasizes the that the town looks old and run down. However, the rock makes the city worthy of a visit! If that does not convince you, then you have the famous apes of Gibraltar (the only wild monkeys you will find in all of Europe), which were brought by the British to Gibraltar from Morocco. I have been told that there is this legend that the British will only leave Gibraltar if the monkeys do. My tour guide was a Spanish man, so I found his comments and jokes especially intriguing because you see how the Spanish might think or feel about this strange situation. I believe the Spanish would want Gibraltar to be part of Spain again, so yeah.. it is quite interesting. 


Other than that there is very little I can tell you. Oh, wait. I found a Topshop! That was nice, but I was too sticky to go shopping.  I went to Gibraltar with a tour guide and we did not stay as long as I had wanted to. I wish I could have walked around the town more after having done the tours, but it was not so. We did visit a cave, it seemed small, but the lighting was beautiful! I found it funny that when we had to walk back through customs, back into Spain, it had a little sign! What a weird situation. Have you ever heard about Gibraltar? Did you know it was part of British overseas territory? 


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  1. Ooooh, die aapjes zijn zo cute! Jammer dat de stad tegenviel, maar het uitzicht vanop de berg bis echt prachtig!! xo

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    1. Dank je wel! Ja, dat vond ik ook al, maar het was nog steeds wel boeiend om er eens geweest te zijn. Het uitzicht van en op de berg is echt super mooi, ja!!! Dat was wel erg indrukwekkend :)

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  2. wow zo'n leuke plek!! IK ben ook net terug van Spanje :-)

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    1. Ik hoop dat je er ook van hebt genoten!x

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  3. Dat uitzicht is echt heel erg mooi zeg, wauw! Je foto's zijn prachtig <3 Jammer dat jullie niet zo lang konden blijven daar :(

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    1. Dank je wel, Kimberly! Ach, ik heb er tenminste iets van gezien!

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  4. Prachtige foto's! En wat een uitzicht daaamn
    geniet er maar goed van

    Liefs
    Karlien

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  5. Zooooo cute! Ik wil er al een tijdje naartoe! En door jouw foto's wil ik nu nog vééééél liever gaan :D Ik denk dat ik ook wel voor een gids zou gaan, want ik vind die geschiedenis super interessant!

    Liefs,
    Marlies - Golden Mirrors & Pink Bows

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    1. Aww, zeker doen! Ik ga normaalgesproken niet voor een gids, maar het was de makkelijkste manier voor ons om naar Gibraltar te gaan.. dus vandaar! ^^

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  6. Wat een mooie foto's weer! Lijkt me heel grappig om Gibraltar een keer te zien, vanwege het Engelse zo dicht bij Spanje!

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  7. Ik ben er ook al geweest. Aaaah, die aapjes: zo cute!

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  8. Wat een leuke foto's! Ziet er heel mooi uit daar! Dat aapje is trouwens echt een schatje haha, aahh!

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    www.its-dash.com

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  9. Haha dat bordje, zalig! :D En die aapjes zitten er anders ook wel op hun gemak bij. Ze hebben de Spaanse mentaliteit al helemaal overgenomen :D

    x Aurélie

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    1. Haha, precies! Dat dacht ik dus ook al D

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